No it wasn't all flares, space hoppers, afros and punks. Neither was it prog rockers , Glam and all frivolous fun. The 70's was a fab decade but one of political and social change - much of it reflected in the mass media arts of music, film and TV. This book is a year by year trawl through what happened and when. It takes me back to my formative years (I was 13 in 1971) when adults seemed miserable and brow beaten by life in general - they had good cause - with the rise of UK mainland terrorism; strikes, blackouts and raging inflation. Teenagers, a second generation if you will from the Summer Of Love period (hippies behind them) saw the new world very differently. I would recommend this book to anyone but for those of you of a similar age - this and it's fiction counterpart, The Rotters Club are great reads and will take you back to a very real image of a decade of major social change in this country.